Finding The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Nashville

Stefano Diotaiuti

When shopping for the best window treatments for Nashville homes, sliding glass doors can sometimes get neglected. That’s regrettable, because finding the right window treatment for your sliding door can be more important than any other window, given how much they are used and the potential visual accent they can offer your house.

Sunburst Shutters Nashville is set to assist in getting you the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s start off with the primary considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then dive into specific options that may work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Considerations

Keep the following aspects in mind when looking for your ideal sliding door window treatment:

  • Longevity: Doors tend to be opened and closed more than windows, so find a treatment that can handle the wear.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, whereas most windows operate vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment doesn’t obstruct the usage of your door, understanding how much space is available around the door.

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding glass doors are very big in comparison to most windows, so a window treatment that gives you great control over light and privacy is important.

The Best Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Wood shutters on sliding door leading to outdoor porch.

The first window treatment we’ll discuss is also the solution we recommend the most. Plantation shutters satisfy all the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are an excellent pick. Polywood never fades or discolors, so your house preserves that classic, sophisticated feel. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, offering you the highest level of control of heat and light that comes into your home.

Maybe the biggest strength of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will usually be opened and shut much more than windows, so being able to handle heavy use is important. Polywood shutters are impervious to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can be sure that no matter how much your sliding door is used, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

Another common choice for sliding doors in Nashville is vertical blinds. Like their name implies, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track above your sliding door. If you have a very specific color palette you’d like to follow, vertical blinds might be the solution for you, since they can be found in an array of different colors, materials and textures. You can also tailor your choice with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make opening and closing them simple.

Remember though that there may be a few drawbacks with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly as much light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway back and forth, meaning less privacy when shut. Blinds are also known for breaking due to the constant usage.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Nashville Family room with gray walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically picked to cover larger windows, making your sliding door an ideal spot for a beautiful panel track installation. With their capacity to control light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in spaces where you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that adjust on a rail—like very large vertical blinds, though they only open and close, instead of tilting. They’re available in a variety of materials, from fabrics to wood to natural fibers and beyond - so you can find an option that fits your Nashville home’s style.

Depending on the dimensions and orientation of your sliding door, you’re able to choose from a few different setups for a sliding panel track so it can close on one end or in the center, allowing you to coordinate function with your fashion.

Let’s Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door may be the most important window in your Nashville house, so we want to help you make sure the window covering you go with is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Nashville today at 615-236-8530 to schedule your free in-home consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.